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Old 05-22-2013, 05:37 PM   #1 
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Putting live plants in a 5 gallon

This is my current setup


(ignore the scratches on my tank :/ i scratched it when i clean it! D:

I have two fake plastic plants in my five gallon filtered tank.

I would like to know what plants would do well in a five gallon tank.
However, I do not want to change my substrate.

I do not know how much light my lamp thing gives off, but i do know it has 16 LED lights.
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:48 PM   #2 
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:50 PM   #3 
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Anubias, java fern (several different varities), bolbitis and moss are all easy care, low maintenance plants that you can attach to a piece of driftwood or rock. You wouldn't have to swap out your substrate as the rock or wood could just sit on top of it.

All these plants are hardy and do not require anything more than ambient light to grow (your LEDs are probably not strong enough to grow plants).
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:55 PM   #4 
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So with my LED lights, i wouldnt be able to grow plants?
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Most LEDs for aquariums are not strong enough or not of the right spectrum to grow plants. I'm not sure of the specifics of your LEDs, but you will most likely not be able to grow plants that require higher light levels.

This is just my experience with LED lights similar to yours. I have a couple and they grew the above plants fine, but plants with higher lighting needs struggled.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:16 PM   #6 
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thank god i havent thrown the box away!
It says the LED aquarium light is 115 volts 60Hz
Would that be strong enough to grow low light plants?
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You need to know the wattage and kelvin rating of your lights. I'm not sure how volts and hertz translate to growing aquarium plants unfortunately.

The plants I've mentioned will grow without the need for artificial lighting. I have grown anubias in quite dark tanks with no problems at all.

If you start looking at stem plants, you are probably going to need to start thinking of either replacing your substrate with something that is going to release nutrients into the water column, or start using plant fertilisers. Because they have the capacity to grow fast, stem plants and floating plants can require a fair amount of nutrients. They are usually the first plants to indicate deficiencies in nutrients when they occur.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:27 PM   #8 
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I believe it is 16W but i could be wrong
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There is a splash guard but a lid should be used with this light. Its color temperature is 6,000K and each LED is .06 watts.

I found that online, if that helps at all?
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Would i be able to grow jungle val?
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